Virtual Advanced is still considered
an "advanced" BBS software even today!
While its true that Virtual Advanced
(VADV) is no longer being supported by
its author, it can be seen now exactly
how advanced it was years ago. Modern BBS
software has only recently implemented
many of the features that VADV has had
Simplicity - Virtual Advanced
and its predecessor (the Virtual Bulletin
Board System) have always been easy to
install and configure. Even if you have
had no experience in the past with
configuring a bulletin board program,
Virtual Advanced is easier than most
Features - In order to be named
"advanced", you must have advanced
features. Virtual Advanced has had many
features that other BBS software is now
just adding. These are features such as
Internet accessibility, multiple network
compatibility with seamless gating, and
a powerful script language.
Virtual Advanced can be configured
for networks such as VirtualNet, FidoNET,
WWIVnet, QWKnet, UUCP and NNTP. You can
also gate message subs between the different
networks without any confusing processes
(you just change one option). You can
even setup your own Internet mailing
list using VADV too!
A powerful scripting language (VScript)
is the backbone of the BBS architecture.
Because the BBS was written around the
scripting language, you are able to
completely change almost every aspect of
the software! VScript teamed with the
included VString utility, you can make
the software look and feel like anything
your mind can come up with.